Tsandrypsh derives its current name from the princely family Tsanba. In historical times, it was known as Sauchi (Russian: Саучи). Then, until 1944 as Yermolov, after the Russian general Aleksey Petrovich Yermolov. From 1944 until 1991, Tsandrypsh was known as Gantiadi (Georgian: განთიადი, Russian: Гантиади), from the Georgian word for Dawn. This latter name is still used informally.